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7th International Theraplay Conference

July 14-15, 2016

Evanston, Illinois


 "The Polyvagal Theory: 

The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe"

Registration is open!

View the conference program here.




Featuring keynote speaker 

Stephen Porges


Only have one-day?  Come hear Dr. Porges for $175 one-day rate!  He’ll will be participating in discussions all day after his keynote address.


Upcoming Training Schedule    

For the complete training schedule click here

Building Strong Relationships: A Workshop for Adoptive and Foster Families


Watch this video to learn more about Theraplay!


    Trauma-Focused Theraplay, Eliana Gil, Ph.D.Eliana Gil, Ph.D. has worked in the field of child abuse and prevention since 1973.  She is a prolific author, most recently Helping Abused and Traumatized Children:  Integrating Directive and Non-Directive Approaches (2011).

    "I cannot say enough about Theraplay.  You have to experience it.  You have to watch what happens to your clients when applied carefully and purposefully.  

    As an integrated clinician, I am eternally grateful for this wonderful technique, deceptively simple, amazingly accessible, and tested over decades with thousands of parent-child dyads.  Its application is without bounds, and my purpose here is to encourage clinicians to think about Theraplay as a therapy of choice for trauma and its subsequent clinical issues."

    Come see Dr. Gil speak at the International Theraplay Conference post-conference workshop July 16!

    Register now!


    Donaldson Adoption Institute considers Theraplay an Adoption Competent Specialized Treatment.

    The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption through sound research, education and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices.



    Douglas Goldsmith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of The Children’s Center, a private not for profit agency serving the mental health needs of families with children under the age of 8 years.







Latest News & Events


  • Theraplay in the classroom

    Sunshine Circles Training

    Learn how to introduce this amazing socio-emotional development group to your school. New! Resource Manual now available! To register for the two-day training July 25-26, 2016 in Evanston, Illinois click here! 


  • Building Strong Relationships: A Workshop for Adoptive and Foster Families

    Adopted and foster children often need a different kind of parenting. Come learn specific ideas and techniques to help bring joy, fun, and laughter back home to your family. These techniques are based on the latest information about attachment and trauma. To register for an upcoming full-day session at The Theraplay Institute click here.

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    Support The Theraplay Institute this year with your online shopping at and Amazon will donate to The Theraplay Institute. 

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